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Vietnam: An Epic History of a Divisive War 1945-1975

By Max Hastings
  • ISBN Code: : 000813300X
  • Publisher : HarperCollins UK
  • Pages : 752
  • Category : History
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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER ‘His masterpiece’ Antony Beevor, Spectator ‘A masterful performance’ Sunday Times ‘By far the best book on the Vietnam War’ Gerald Degroot, The Times, Book of the Year

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